More than 750 cases of Domestic Violence have been reported to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in the last five years with the number of reported female victims doubling or even tripling the reported male cases annually.
This according to statistics provided by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Of the 767 cases reported between January 2014 to April 2019, an alarming 70.8% (543) of those numbers’ being female victims.
Some 47 cases of domestic violence have already been reported up to April of this year. Of that number, there are 37 female victims and 10 males.
The year 2016 recorded the highest number of females becoming victim to domestic violence with a total of 131 reported cases.
Of that number, 82 were minor assaults, 46 serious assaults, two sexual offences and one attempted murder. In contrast, only 54 male victims were recorded, with 35 being minor assaults and 19 serious assaults.
The following year recorded the least number of domestic violence reports — 108. Seventy-one females were reported with 51 being minor assaults, 18 serious assaults, one sexual offence and one murder. Only 37 male cases were reported with 25 minor assaults and 12 serious assaults.
Reacting to the statistics, Coordinator of the Office of Gender Affairs Tara-Sue Morgan said, “the data clearly reflects what has been said over and over that females are more likely to be the victim of domestic violence cases than men.”
She also stated that the most alarming finding of the statistics is that all the murders associated with domestic violence are females.
She said she now believes the time is right for the territory to get into ‘prevention mode’ to ensure domestic violence does not take place in the first instance.
“Prevention methods should ultimately reduce the occurrence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by promoting healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships,” Coordinator Morgan said.
She also appealed to all persons experiencing abuse to contact the Office of Gender Affairs, Social Development, Family Support Network or the police to seek help before it becomes too late.
The aforementioned statistics follows the May 26 murder of 46-year-old Great Mountain resident, Lenia Green who was allegedly raped and shot by a reported family friend.
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